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ONGC, Oil India buy 10% Govt stake in IndianOil

The stake sale has doubled government’s disinvestment proceeds for the current fiscal to Rs 10,434 crore. In off-market transactions, Oil and Natural Gas Corp and OIL bought 5 per cent stake each at Rs 220 per share.

ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Dinesk K Sarraf confirmed his company’s buying 12.135 crore government shares in IOC at Rs 220 per share. OIL head S K Srivastava said his firm paid Rs 2,670 crore for the 5 per cent shares in IOC. IOC shares closed at Rs 269.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), down 1.90 per cent, over the previous close.

An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram had on February 28 decided to sell the stake in IOC, the nation’s largest oil firm, at a discount of 10 per cent through an off-market deal.

Sources said the IOC scrip traded at about Rs 245 on that day and a 10 per cent discount to that price was calculated to arrive at a selling price of Rs 220 a share. Also, Rs 220 is the three-month average trading price of IOC shares.

The sale of the 10 per cent stake, or 24.27 crore shares, happened through an off-market transaction, with ONGC and OIL each buying 5 per cent. With the stake purchase, ONGC’s holding in IOC has increased to 13.77 per cent from 8.77 per cent stake. OIL did not previously hold any shares in IOC.

After the disinvestment, government shareholding in IOC has come down to 68.92 per cent, from 78.92 per cent. The government had so far raised about Rs 5,093.87 crore through stake sales in PSUs during current fiscal. It had lowered the revenue generation target from disinvestment to Rs 16,027 crore, from Rs 40,000 crore set at the beginning of the fiscal.

The Cabinet had originally approved sale of stake in IOC through an offer for sale. But the Petroleum Ministry opposed it saying that IOC shares should not be sold through an offer for sale as the price did not reflect the right valuation of the company.
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